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Porter chose LSU over FSU

Elliot Porter arrived to Baton Rouge last week as one of the top uncommitted prospects on the Tigers' in-state board. On Monday evening, the Marrero-native returned home wearing purple and gold.

The LSU morning session saw a number of the South’s top prospects take to the Tiger practice fields, but no one walked with the same swagger as Elliot Porter.

“I was feeling great after letting it out all that I wanted to be a Tiger,” Porter said. “I can’t explain how good it feels. I had my LSU shirt and hat on, and I was just relaxing in my new home.”

Porter and West Monroe’s Jordan Allen marked the Tiger commitments over the weekend, though the Shaw High standout said that number should grow in the coming days.

“I feel like there will definitely be some commitments, and I have had my eye on everyone,” Porter said. “It is fun to just spend time around the current players and know that I am a part of building on what they have going.”

While 2010 is still fresh on Porter’s mind, the big man knows that 2011 is not far off – and he is already blazing the trail.

“The talent in Louisiana is crazy, and we want to keep that here at home,” he said. “Next year guys like Anthony Johnson and La’el Collins will be the big names, and they were loving LSU out there. People have to realize that this state is home to the best players in the nation, and we want to stay at home and run things.”

As for his personal pledge to the Tiger staff, Porter said that the relationship he built with a pair of LSU coaches sealed the deal.

“Coach [Les] Miles is one guy that I have to thank, because he shot it to me straight,” he said. “He told me that I could be a Tiger if I would play offensive line, and I told him no problem. All I needed to hear was what the deal was, and I was ready. I just wanted to be a Tiger.”

The three-star prospect also struck a relationship with his future position coach.

“Coach [Greg] Studrawa and I really hit it off, and I already love him,” he said. “We have a great relationship, and I think he has big things in store for me. That bond really helped the decision along, because he showed me how great of a guy he was.”

Headed into the weekend, Porter said that if all things checked out on the academic front that he would be a Tiger. With his commitment on the board, it is safe to say that everything fell into place.

“The academic center was amazing. I give it an A-plus,” he said. “It was unreal. This is just a blessing for me, and I have to thank God. I was blessed with size and ability, and I turned that into a free education at my favorite school. This is a real dream come true for my family and I.”

The next step for the 6-foot-4, 280-pound prospect: heading back to an enthused group of family and friends in Marrero.

“Everyone was just super happy for me, so I am excited to get home and see the faces,” he said. “There was a big write-up in the local paper, and I have not even seen it yet. It’s been a crazy good week, and I am loving it.”

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